Exceptional Individuals

Course Details

Course Number: 3613  Section Number: 101

Spring 2011

Location: Ferguson Hall

Classroom Number: 202

Days & Times:

TR 8-9:20

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Millie Gore   
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Course Objectives

Candidates will demonstrate  professional knowledge, roles and responsibilities related to serving students with disabilities.

Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of how the social/emotional environment affects students with disabilities.

Candidates will demonstrate beginning knowledge of planning and instruction for students with disabilities.

Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of the nature and needs of students with disabilities.

Candidates will demonstrate positive dispositions toward advocating for children with disabilities.

Course Expectations

Attending class regularly and on time (see attendance policy)

Writing a book review using the rubric

Creating an accommodations notebook

Passing a midterm exam

Passing a final exam

Participating in an advocacy experience

Grading Standards

Book Review                                                              200

Accommodations notebook                                   300

Midterm Exam                                                           200

Final Exam                                                                  300


Total                                                                       1000

Note that points will be deducted for absences.  See Absentee Policy.

Submission Format Policy

See the rubrics attached to the syllabus for submission format and policy.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

The Accommodations Manual will not be accepted late.  The manual may be submitted on the class day prior to the due date.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Absentee Policy

The College of Education takes attendance seriously because teachers must be dependable. A bonus of 25 points will be awarded to students who are present and on time for EVERY class session; 25 points will be deducted for the first absence, 50 for the second and subsequent absences. The third absence will trigger a Fitness Alert; this Fitness Alert will require the student to meet with a faculty committee who will determine the student’s fitness for the teaching profession.  


Tardiness is also taken seriously, as is leaving class early. Two tardies will be treated as an absence.  For each tardy, the student will be expected to write a two-sentence Action Plan stating why the student was absent and what procedures the student has enacted to prevent a second tardy.  The purpose of the Action Plan is to help the student learn how to prevent future tardiness.


Other Policies

Written work– Should be completed in a professional style.  Correct spelling and grammar are critical writing skills that teachers must employ.


Be prepared- Read assignments and complete assigned work before coming to class. 


Adhering to professional ethics – When using professional sources in your writing, cite sources you have used or ideas you have adapted when completing assignments.  Use of copyrighted materials must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines.  If part of an assignment is submitted for credit in more than one course, both professors must pre-approve this dual credit and the dual use should be referenced clearly on both assignments.


Speech Screening: If you have not been screened and released by WCOE’s Language Specialist, you will not be allowed to student teach.  If you have not previously been screened, please contact Tricia McBride, 397-4762, to set up an appointment.  Screening is not conducted during the summer months.


Americans with Disabilities Act:The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.


Plagiarism Statement: “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook.


Plagiarized work will earn an F, trigger a Fitness Alert, and may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.